Taking Writer Offline

(Note: This was originally written on the 31st of January, 2017.)

 

Today I took Writer into Offline Mode for the first time. It worked out well.

 

This is in fact the first thing I have written in Writer whilst offline, or at least the first time in which I did not have access to the internet by necessity rather than choice. If that doesn’t speak to how lazy my current decision making for subjects is then nothing ever will.

Either way, here I am without even the ability to become distracted by such delights as social media or email or… well, just about anything. It is odd to say the least but I am definitely enjoying it; this makes me think that it is therefore perhaps time to use software to restrict my access to such distractions — there is certainly not shortage of options for that.

On previous occasions I have been relieved to have purchased the lifetime version of Writer and today is no different; in fact, it is a lifesaver. To have a reliable text editor with such flexibility as to be at home both offline and online has given me a direct line to feeling altogether less useless during this day. For better context, let’s talk about the computer I am using.

The Chromebook I am currently using is the first small laptop I have ever used of the modern generation; it leaves the short-lived “netbook” category from a decade ago looking like the cheap con that it undoubtedly was, such is the quality I find throughout. Even the browser-based OS outshines the so-called desktop-class machines in a shameful spot.

With all of that in mind, it’s fair to say that it is down to the software to do most of the talking with this machine; the hardware is little more than a thin case through which you interact with the apps built for Google’s own OS. From this point, Writer shines, delivering me everything I need for what I am doing right now whilst not getting in my way; it might be seem like an obvious required function for a text editor but when you consider that Writer is primarily made for a browser, the app’s robust performance is startling for those of us with longer memories.

Despite my meandering into the realm of notebooks, Chromebooks, and my old age the fact remains that Writer has done exactly what I need, when I need, and I could not be happier as a lifetime customer.

 

Thanks John Watson, like a man in a blue box you’ve given me time where none existed before.

 

Links: Writer, John Watson, Chromebooks

Annoyed at the Past

Becky Hansmeyer’s thoughts about keeping old posts made me think of the posts I have written over the past few years and failed to save. Now that I am focusing much more on my own site it has become clear just how infuriating it is that I was so casual with the things I wrote.

Fortunately I have a few posts from the recent past saved so I’ll post those over the next few days. It won’t necessarily do much to subdue the annoyance at my past-self but at least it’s something.

IndieWeb progress

By IndieWeb I mean in an informal way as a general idea, since I’m not yet au fait with official standards.

This is my personal progress:

  • This site is up and running with regular posts.
  • Twitter account is archived, pending deletion depending on how Jack and co. decide to tackle obvious problems.
  • Only other social profiles are Apple Music, Vimeo, and YouTube.
    • Last one remains because Google have well and truly destroyed open web video with this monopoly.
  • Micro.blog is now my regular haunt for commenting, social web things.
  • Using RSS to read more than I ever have.
    • Actively working on my preferred set-up for this, which is work on my web tools that I am actually enjoying!
  • Signed up to Pinboard.
  • Maintained my Fastmail account.
  • Setting aside time for focused research on managing my own site from the server level.
    • WP-hosted is okay but I need to decide if I have enough time and energy to do my own thing as opposed to spending money for similar results. Right now I favour the latter, mostly because I just want to write.

Bring It in 2018

This has been delayed, which is obvious, but I’m still determined to have basic goals for the year; they’re not resolutions and not even the start of what it is that I am particularly determined to add to my life, but it is at least the start of something.

I was inspired to make this after watching a recent Vlogbrothers video by John Green:

Thanks John!

It’s a basic list for simplicity — this site is a new start, and I am determined to join with it a fresh and clean approach.

  • Read more stories.
    • Be it books, on the web, on paper, anything so long as it is a non-news story.
  • Find good sources for news.
    • I prefer small collections of varied sources and am comfortable paying for quality where possible.
  • Write for this site everyday.
    • Even if I don’t publish everyday (although I do want to get at least one 30-day stretch in at some point).

I’ll be keeping track of myself with the blog, which works especially well because of its presence within the third item; this is especially great with Micro.blog (thanks Manton!), since the service provides the exact thing I have missed from social networks: a blend of independence, an environment in which focus is both attainable and encouraged, and most importantly of all a desire that the space in which we all wish to share with each other (the web) is in fact a good space.

Let’s go.

Feeling overwhelmed and losing focus often go hand-in-hand for me. It’s so much easier to ignore the thing I’m anxious about when there are so many fun-but-meaningless things I could be doing. For example: “Ooh, look at the edits I can make to my site’s theme!”

Just finished reading the updated help page for Micro.blog, “Setting up WordPress”. The page is both good and aligns with my current mode of finally getting my WP site up and running; I can’t wait to upgrade and get hold of the better Jetpack.